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Project Manager, Engineering Salary

The nationwide average salary for Engineering Project Managers is $85K per year, but those working at Apple Computer, Inc can pull down an average $169K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Schlumberger, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Lockheed Martin Corp, top-paying firms where Engineering Project Managers rake in a whopping $133K, $123K, or $119K, respectively. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,491 - $124,093
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$57K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,589
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$18.90 - $61.37
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$19
$35
$61
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,491 - $124,093  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,294  
Profit Sharing
$498.75 - $11,511  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,974 - $132,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,867
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Hourly Rate
$18.90 - $61.37  
   
Overtime
$24.46 - $64.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,294  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$498.75 - $11,511  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,974 - $132,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 787
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Job Description for Project Manager, Engineering

  • Ensure conformity with safety regulations and promote a culture of best practices.
  • Prepare cost proposals and maintain financial records.
  • Lead a team of engineers and produce detailed product development plans.
  • Translate customer requirements into product strategy.

Common Career Paths for Project Manager, Engineering


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Though some Engineering Project Managers move into positions like VP of Engineering (where the average salary is $154K), this progression is not the norm. The most common promotion for Engineering Project Managers is Engineering Senior Project Manager, a position that typically pays $116K annually. Another standard transition for Engineering Project Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Civil Engineer role, where pay is often $60K.

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Popular Skills for Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Project Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Product Development, Budget Management, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Manager, Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Engineering Project Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. Engineering Project Managers bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. Engineering Project Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Project Managers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Boston (+5 percent), San Diego (+5 percent), and Denver (+3 percent). In Cincinnati, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Salt Lake City and 1 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

What is it like working as a Project Manager, Engineering?

Project Manager, Engineering in New York:
"It Is 60% Scheduling, 20% Client Relations And 20% Technical."
Pros: The best things about my job are the environment which is very open and friendly. It is in midtown Manhattan, ideal location. The clients all have technical backgrounds so even if there is something you don't know or can't remember, someone will enlighten you. Engineering is very important to know because it allows you to work within teams from other departments as well since our work ethic is regarded highly. I am able to go from location to location to conduct some of my work, which breaks the monotony of going into the office every time.
Cons: There are a lot of limitations to project scopes. There are some actions that can be done, but company policy dictates that it shouldn't, so you end up discussing with clients for long periods of time trying to find a reason that would satisfy them. A lot of scheduling will overlap, but you still need to maintain the budget and timeline.

Project Manager, Engineering in Sedro-Woolley:
"Challenging."
Pros: It's mentally challenging and always new. Every project is different and there is no opportunity to become bored.
Cons: It can be stressful constantly having new things thrown at you.

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Experience Affects Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$87,000



Skills That Affect Project Manager, Engineering Salaries





Microsoft Project
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Technical Analysis
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$87,000

Job Scheduling
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Design
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1602 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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